I Adore You – New Orleans | Pretty Little Studio

Hey there friends! I have another layout to share with you today as a guest designer with Pretty Little Studio.

12x12 mixed media scrapbook layout using the Pretty Little Studio XOXO Collection designed by Hello Heather.

I started with a light blue cardstock background and then used a T-Square Ruler & a pencil to draw a square on the background. I then used a piercing tool to poke holes along the pencil lines for hand stitching. Before I started the hand stitching I wanted to add color to the background, but I needed to add a base to the colored cardstock first. I added white gesso to the background for a few reasons – it will help strengthen the paper, make the colors easier to blend, and give a white/clean surface so the mixed media will stay its true original color. The color would have had a completely different appearance if I would have added the pink directly onto the blue cardstock.

12x12 mixed media scrapbook layout using the Pretty Little Studio XOXO Collection designed by Hello Heather.

I used Abandoned Coral & Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Inks to add color within the square. I started by first using the packaging technique, but I wasn’t getting enough color saturation. I switched to a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add color directly on top of the white gesso to achieve the look I was going for. After I had the color on the background I used a Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil & White Modeling Paste to add texture to the background.

12x12 mixed media scrapbook layout using the Pretty Little Studio XOXO Collection designed by Hello Heather.

I added the hand stitching after the modeling paste was dry and then moved onto embellishing using the XOXO Collection designed by Hello Heather. I added my photo first, which was taken on a trip to New Orleans, to the bottom left corner of the square. Then I grabbed a few die cuts from the Blooming Love Die Cuts Pack & also fussy cut a few of the same florals from the Love Blooms 8×8 Patterned Paper. To throw in additional embellishing and another shape I added a few circles from the Love You Die Cuts & one of the 4×6 Patterned Papers. I added the title along the outer edge of the hand stitching using the Blush Love Story Alphas. I absolutely love these alphas. The colors, the texture, the size – all perfect!!

12x12 mixed media scrapbook layout using the Pretty Little Studio XOXO Collection designed by Hello Heather.

Now you can take a look at my YouTube Process Video that shows how this layout came together!

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me!

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YAY! Showtime | The Cut Shoppe

Hey there friends! I’m back today to share a layout that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using The Big Screen Cut File.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using The Big Screen Cut File & products from Amy Tangerine On a Whim & Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars.

Let me start by giving you some context of the story I wanted to tell on my layout. My son, Aidan, developed an obsession with Michael Jackson around Thanksgiving last year. I have no idea where it came from or how it started…I’m guessing YouTube! I saw that the Las Vegas show, MJ Live, was touring and there was a show somewhat nearby (7 hour round trip). Without much thinking or hesitation I purchased tickets for us to go. When we arrived at the theater the usher told us that “Michael” would be asking the kids to join him on stage to dance with him during one of the songs. Aidan was in complete turmoil on what to do…he knew it was a once in a lifetime experience, but was nervous about being embarrassed when he would dance on the stage in front of the entire audience. I told him that he would just blend in with all the other kids and no one would even notice him. He was bouncing back & forth during the concert on whether or not he wanted to do it…but when the time arrived he decided to go for it!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using The Big Screen Cut File & products from Amy Tangerine On a Whim & Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars.

After he got on stage “Michael” announced that it would be a dance competition and the kids would have to dance individually in front of the audience. I think my heart jumped into my throat. Here I had convinced him to go because he would just blend in with everyone else and come to find out he would have to dance by himself IN FRONT OF EVERYONE! I was so nervous for him! He had a few kids that went in front of him and I could see his nerves building. When it was finally his turn, “Michael” was really nice and talked with Aidan a bit before the music started. Aidan admitted to being nervous, so “Michael” kindly offered for one of the backup dancers to come up and dance with him. The music started, Aidan danced, and did such an amazing job! I never in a million years would have been able to do this! I knew immediately I needed to document this story and his bravery! My photos were of terrible quality. It was dark in the theater and we were on the first balcony. I converted the photos to black & white and printed them very small (less than 2×2) to try to mask how terrible they really are! Ha! Now I needed a way to have these tiny photos make a big impact on the layout. That’s when I turned to The Big Screen Cut File.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using The Big Screen Cut File & products from Amy Tangerine On a Whim & Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars.

I altered the cut file slightly in Cricut Design Space by removing the word “action” from the filmstrips. I duplicated the filmstrips and sized them so my photos would fit within the frames and still have room for embellishing. I cut both of the filmstrips on black cardstock. After I had the filmstrips cut, I needed to decide what products to use. That was the real challenge.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using The Big Screen Cut File & products from Amy Tangerine On a Whim & Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars.

I ended up going with a majority of Amy Tangerine products, mainly the On a Whim Collection. The bright colors and sentiments went well with the theme of the layout. I knew I needed to tell this story and needed a lot of room to tell it. I originally printed the journaling on a 6×6 pattern paper that I intended to trim down and tuck behind the filmstrip. But the paper hid too much of the yellow that I painted on the white cardstock background using a brayer. So I decided to use my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add the journaling in the open spots of the filmstrips. At this point I thought I needed just a bit more color spread around the page, so I grabbed the Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars and scattered them around the page. The colors matched the Amy Tan products perfectly!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using The Big Screen Cut File & products from Amy Tangerine On a Whim & Pinkfresh Studio The Mix No. 2 puffy stars.

Now you can take a look at the YouTube Process Video that has a Cricut tutorial showing how I altered the cut file step by step.

I’m so glad I documented this story while it was so fresh in my mind. The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store has so many cut files and I’m sure there is the perfect one to help document your stories!

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